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Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families

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Briana S. Nelson Goff, Director

Brianna S. Nelson GoffBriana S. Nelson Goff, Ph.D., LCMFT, is a professor in the School of Family Studies and Human Services, College of Human Ecology, at Kansas State University. She earned her master's degree in marriage and family therapy from Kansas State University and her doctorate in marriage and family therapy from Texas Tech University. Dr. Nelson Goff's clinical experience and research specialization is with traumatic stress symptoms in trauma survivor couples, families and children. Her work has expanded to international trauma, as she has worked in Bosnia-Herzegovina as part of a team through National Research Council grants to work with survivors of the war in Bosnia, particularly children without parental care. One of the most unique aspects of her work at K-State is her development of the Trauma Research, Education and Consultation at K-State (TRECK) Team. This program includes graduate and undergraduate students, and more than 130 students have been involved in the TRECK Team research and projects since it began. Since 2009, she has served as the director of the Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families in the School of Family Studies and Human Services, where she is in charge of developing collaborative educational, outreach and clinical services programs for military families. Dr. Goff received the U.S. Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Award in 2014, the Fort Riley Distinguished Trooper Award and the Kansas State University Excellence in Engagement Award in 2015, and the Department of the Army Chief of Staff Outstanding Civilian Service Award in 2016.

Lauren Oseland, Graduate Research Assistant

LaurenLauren Oseland, M.S. is a graduate research assistant and doctoral student in marriage and family therapy at Kansas State University. She earned her master's degree in marriage and family therapy from Oklahoma State University in 2014. Lauren's clinical and research interests center on the impact and treatment of trauma and trauma-related disorders in the context of couple and family systems. Her work has also expanded to international trauma, as she serves as a consultant for a non-profit organization in Haiti who serve abused and neglected children. Lauren's clinical, research, and service objectives are to address impasses created by the paradoxical effects of trauma within individual, family, and community systems. 

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